The propagandist in chief
Summary: New North America-centric (US) movie tries to paint Wikileaks an “enemy” rather than let Wikileaks speak for itself (interviews, facts)
A disgusting propaganda film called Fifth Estate recently came out. It is already a big failure across cinemas, which perhaps helps indicate that bad press over bad factual assessment, misrepresentations, omissions, etc. did its thing. Wikileaks demonisation is not a side effect but an agenda of this ‘film’ and it’s easy to see why propaganda films of this kind are needed. Wikileaks helps expose international corruption . US State Department employees are barred from Wikileaks‘ Web site (or voice), but this anti-Wikileaks film is just fine for them . To better understand what kind of people work for the State Department watch this fairly recent discussion with the press. It is disheartening to see political films misusing/distorting facts not just when it comes to war revisionism but also journalism. █
Related/contextual items from the news:
A Chelsea Manning-leaked cable showed how Iceland asked the U.S. to stop European “bullying,” just the first of a deluge of revelations detailing how America throws around its weight.
Ever since WikiLeaks.org began releasing thousands of classified cables, State Department employees have been forbidden from visiting the website without explicit authorization. (Sure, it was a silly prohibition given the proliferation of mainstream newspaper stories based on the WikiLeaks cables, but them’s the rules). So how about viewing WikiLeaks the movie?
Not a problem, the State Department tells The Cable. Watching the hotly anticipated WikiLeaks drama Fifth Estate will not place employees on the naughty list.
“The department hasn’t issued any sort of guidance on the movie, so there would be no prohibition against the movie,” a State Department official said of the film, which debuts nationwide on Friday. “Employees would be free to watch whatever movie they’re interested in.”